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Old 11-23-2014, 09:04 PM   #101
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The installation is now complete! ; .

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CONGRATS !! Wish we had sunshine ... not an option in my backyard.

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Old 11-23-2014, 09:11 PM   #102
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Read this, by a pro refrig guy.
This is an interesting read, especially liked this quote.

"So…if you don’t know what you are doing, PLEASE don’t do it!!"

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Old 11-23-2014, 09:58 PM   #103
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Read this, by a pro refrig guy.
I believe that Reace's comment was in reference to adding a baffle did not help these Dometic refers which have inadequate cooling capavity.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:24 PM   #104
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I believe that Reace's comment was in reference to adding a baffle did not help these Dometic refers which have inadequate cooling capavity.
Oh yes, I agree that is what he meant.

I posted the document because it's an interesting 'pro' viewpoint and stresses the importance of proper installation. Good 'food for thought'.

Personally I feel my refrigerator will work a lot better with the mods I have made. Not sure how much better but there is no doubt in my mind it will be better. It's wimpy in our NW marine environment ... I'm sure it performed better when properly mounted and vented at the factory test facility.

Interesting point in the document is that a fan is not a guarantee of improvement. If you don't have the proper chimney the fan pulls air through the wrong place (where it's easier) and not cooling the condenser.

Keeping that in mind I have worked today on smoother air flow and any fan(s) will be mounted in a location that cannot disturb airflow around the condenser when it's turned off.

The condenser cooling is the key, I'll be posting some great descriptive pix I found.

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Old 11-24-2014, 01:10 AM   #105
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The condenser cooling is the key,
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Couldn't agree more. As soon as I saw that Dometic actually has flue extensions to duct burner heat to the exterior I knew that was a mod that I wanted to do.

It just doesn't make sense to dump waste burner heat out right by the condenser.

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Old 11-24-2014, 03:12 AM   #106
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Hi everyone,
I had a small Nova Kool ref put in my 13 foot Boler trailer last year and love it! Super extends my boon docking time! I also have a flexible solar panel on the roof and love it too. I would highly recommend the flexible solar panels they are very light and lay flat and curve with the curve of the roof and have 25 year warranty.
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:16 AM   #107
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Welcome Donna, to our little Escape world. Please introduce yourself over in the introduction section.
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:01 AM   #108
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I had a small Nova Kool ref put in my 13 foot Boler trailer last year and love it! Super extends my boon docking time! I also have a flexible solar panel on the roof and love it too. I would highly recommend the flexible solar panels they are very light and lay flat and curve with the curve of the roof and have 25 year warranty.
Hi,

Could you pass on the make and model of the flexible panel?

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Old 11-24-2014, 09:10 PM   #109
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Here are some pictures of the load in the New Nova Kool refrigerator I just installed. I put 9 bottles of wine and 3 liters of water in the refrigerator and a 16.3 lb turkey in the freezer.



...and the turkey!..Happy Thanksgiving! BTW, Greggo supplied the trim piece on the bottom of this picture...Thanks Greg!



So far I've run the refer overnight and all day today on the two 6 volt batteries supplied by two roof-mounted 95 watt solar panels. This first day was a sort of seat-of-the-pants test just watching battery voltages. Last night before bed at 10:00 PM the batteries were at 12.4 volts when the refer was running. The turkey was frozen when I put it in but all that wine was at room temperature so the refer had to really work to get it all cold. This morning at 6:30 AM they were still at 12.4 volts and the unit temps were measuring 3 & 33 degrees F. Now at 5:59 PM the batteries are at 12.2 volts with the refer running.

To make this more scientific, this evening I installed an amp and watts totaling meter on the refer supply line to measure the actual draw over 24 hours. I also reset the totaling on my programmable solar controller so tomorrow evening I will know how much is going in and how much is going out. My gut feel is that the battery capacity will be fine but I could use a little more solar...so this weekend I will tie in my new 160 watt panel, taking the total up to 350...adding that to the mix...

Stay tuned! Steve
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Old 11-24-2014, 09:46 PM   #110
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How's the sunlight for the solar? Only asking because we get a whole bunch of gray days here in Oregon (Pacific NorthWET).
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